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Rating Group: Taxpayers for Common Sense

2005 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
Brian Baird 100%
Russ Feingold 100%
CA U.S. House 6 Doris Matsui Democratic 100%
John Sununu 90%
Gary Ackerman 88%
Thomas Allen 88%
Rob Andrews 88%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 88%
Shelley Berkley 88%
Howard Berman 88%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 88%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 88%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 88%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 88%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 88%
Russ Carnahan 88%
Ben Chandler III 88%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 88%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 88%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 88%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 88%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 88%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 88%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 88%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 88%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 88%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 88%
Bob Filner 88%
Barney Frank 88%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 88%
Maurice Hinchey 88%
NJ U.S. House 12 Rush Holt, Jr. Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 17 Mike Honda Democratic 88%
Darlene Hooley 88%
WA Governor Jay Inslee Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 3 Steve Israel Democratic 88%
Jesse Jackson, Jr. 88%
OH U.S. House 9 Marcy Kaptur Democratic 88%
Patrick Kennedy 88%
Dale Kildee 88%
Carolyn Kilpatrick 88%
Dennis Kucinich 88%
RI U.S. House 2 Jim Langevin Democratic 88%
Tom Lantos 88%
CT U.S. House 1 John Larson Democratic 88%
GA U.S. House 5 John Lewis Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 17 Nita Lowey Democratic 88%
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 12 Carolyn Maloney Democratic 88%
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic 88%
AZ U.S. Senate Sr John McCain III Republican 88%
NY U.S. House 4 Carolyn McCarthy Democratic 88%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 88%
WA U.S. House 7 Jim McDermott Democratic 88%
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic 88%
Michael McNulty 88%
Kendrick Meek, Sr. 88%
NJ U.S. Senate Sr Bob Menendez Democratic 88%
ME U.S. House 2 Mike Michaud Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 11 George Miller Democratic 88%
WI U.S. House 4 Gwen Moore Democratic 88%
VA U.S. House 8 Jim Moran, Jr. Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 10 Jerry Nadler Democratic 88%
Dave Obey 88%
NJ U.S. House 6 Frank Pallone, Jr. Democratic 88%
NJ U.S. House 9 Bill Pascrell, Jr. Democratic 88%
AZ U.S. House 7 Ed Pastor Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 12 Nancy Pelosi Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 13 Charlie Rangel Democratic 88%
Steve Rothman 88%
CA U.S. House 40 Lucille Roybal-Allard Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 46 Loretta Sanchez Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 38 Linda Sánchez Democratic 88%
VT U.S. Senate Jr Bernie Sanders Independent 88%
CA U.S. House 28 Adam Schiff Democratic 88%
PA U.S. House 13 Allyson Schwartz Democratic 88%
NY U.S. House 15 José Serrano Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 30 Brad Sherman Democratic 88%
NJ U.S. House 4 Chris Smith Republican 88%
Hilda Solis 88%
Pete Stark 88%
CA U.S. House 5 Mike Thompson Democratic 88%
MA U.S. House 6 John Tierney Democratic 88%
Stephanie Tubbs Jones 88%
CO U.S. Senate Sr Mark Udall Democratic 88%
MD U.S. House 8 Chris Van Hollen, Jr. Democratic 88%
FL U.S. House 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic 88%
CA U.S. House 43 Maxine Waters Democratic 88%
Diane Watson 88%
Mel Watt 88%
CA U.S. House 33 Henry Waxman Democratic 88%
Anthony Weiner 88%
Lynn Woolsey 88%
David Wu 88%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 87%
Bill Delahunt 87%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 87%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 87%
Jane Harman 87%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 87%
CA U.S. House 13 Barbara Lee Democratic 87%
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic 87%
John Olver 87%
IL U.S. House 9 Jan Schakowsky Democratic 87%
NY U.S. House 25 Louise Slaughter Democratic 87%
Ron Paul 85%
NY U.S. House 7 Nydia Velázquez Democratic 85%
Donald Payne 83%
OR U.S. Senate Sr Ron Wyden Democratic 80%
Melissa Bean 77%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 77%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 77%
Mike Castle 77%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 77%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 77%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 77%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 77%
MD U.S. House 5 Steny Hoyer Democratic 77%
TX U.S. House 30 Eddie Johnson Democratic 77%
WI U.S. House 3 Ron Kind Democratic 77%
NJ U.S. House 2 Frank LoBiondo Republican 77%
CA U.S. House 19 Zoe Lofgren Democratic 77%
Brad Miller 77%
Dennis Moore 77%
CA U.S. House 32 Grace Napolitano Democratic 77%
NC U.S. House 4 David Price Democratic 77%
WV U.S. House 3 Nick Rahall II Democratic 77%
OH U.S. House 13 Tim Ryan Democratic 77%
Jim Saxton 77%
NY U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Schumer Democratic 77%
VA U.S. House 3 Bobby Scott Democratic 77%
Christopher Shays 77%
WA U.S. House 9 Adam Smith Democratic 77%
Ellen Tauscher 77%
Gene Taylor 77%
NM U.S. Senate Sr Tom Udall Democratic 77%
Robert Wexler 77%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 75%
Bart Stupak 75%
Judd Gregg 70%
RI U.S. Senate Sr Jack Reed Democratic 70%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 66%
Julia Carson 66%
Norm Dicks 66%
Bob Etheridge 66%
Tim Johnson 66%
Paul Kanjorski 66%
WA U.S. House 2 Rick Larsen Democratic 66%
MI U.S. House 9 Sandy Levin Democratic 66%
IL U.S. House 3 Daniel Lipinski Democratic 66%
Jim Oberstar 66%
MD U.S. House 2 Dutch Ruppersberger Democratic 66%
IL U.S. House 1 Bobby Rush Democratic 66%
Vic Snyder 66%
John Spratt, Jr. 66%
John Tanner 66%
MS U.S. House 2 Bennie Thompson Democratic 66%
IN U.S. House 1 Pete Visclosky Democratic 66%
NC U.S. House 3 Walter Jones, Jr. Republican 62%
NC U.S. House 7 Mike McIntyre Democratic 62%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 60%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 60%
Edward Kennedy, Sr. 60%
Jon Kyl 60%
Frank Lautenberg 60%
VT U.S. Senate Sr Patrick Leahy Democratic 60%
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 55%
Joe Baca, Sr. 55%
Marion Berry 55%
Dennis Cardoza 55%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 55%
Jerry Costello 55%
Artur Davis 55%
Lincoln Davis 55%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 55%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 55%
Bart Gordon 55%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 55%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 55%
TX U.S. House 18 Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 55%
Jim Marshall 55%
NY U.S. House 5 Gregory Meeks Democratic 55%
CO Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar No Party Affiliation 55%
Ike Skelton 55%
Evan Bayh 50%
Hillary Clinton 50%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 50%
James DeMint 50%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 50%
MD U.S. Senate Sr Barbara Mikulski Democratic 50%
FL U.S. Senate Sr Bill Nelson, Sr. Democratic 50%
James Ramstad 50%
CA U.S. House 39 Ed Royce Republican 50%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

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